Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sweet Baby Things

Three special babies, three special gifts! First, the completed Matinee Jacket.
Pattern: Matinee Coat from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 4 skeins Color 600 (vintage pink) and remnants of 003, deep chocolate brown.
Needles: Addi Turbo, 3.25mm and 3.0mm, both 24", Knit Picks Harmony DPN's, 3.25mm
Modifications: I knit this little gem in one piece, from the bottom up, doing a 3-needle bind-off at the shoulders. I picked the stitches for the sleeves up and worked them from the top down, reversing the shaping. It was much, much easier than having to seam 5 pieces! The edging is just a very basic crochet edging.
Time to Knit: June 12 - 22, 2009

You may remember my marathon baby knitting session during the week my girls stayed with my parents. Well, I finished the sleeve quite a while ago, but then only added the crocheted edging a week or so ago. I've emailed the Mom, and my plan is to hold onto the jacket until the baby is born. I want to deliver this in person....especially as the Mom is one of those old friends with whom I really want to reconnect. She completely agrees, and we have tentative plans to get together a couple of times after baby arrives. I'm on pins and needles, because baby is due any moment now!

The first set was sweet and demure. The second set is bold and vibrant!

You may recognize Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket and Bonnet. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how I'm going to finish them off. So far, though, I'm very pleased. They are just too cute! I was a bit tickled to discover that I've now done so many BSJ's that I don't really need the pattern much. I'll give you the full details when it's finished.
I just started the third gift a few days ago, and am not working as quickly on it as I did with the others. It's another Debbie Bliss pattern, the Eyelet Vest from Special Knits. It should come at no surprise that the yarn is yet more....Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino! (I promise to give it a rest after this....) I've not yet decided what to make as a go-with, either booties or a hat of some sort. We shall see.
If I'm being totally honest, much as I've enjoyed making these little things, I'll be glad when they are all finished and have gone to their new homes so that I can move on to things for my own family.

4 comments:

Paula said...

Lucky, lucky babies! That Matinee Jacket is just adorable! I love the bright colors of the BSJ, too. Perfect!

Also, kudos to you for your one month sticking-with-the-gym. That is a big milestone. They say that it takes 21 days to make a good habit so you are already past that!

margene said...

The BSJ are so much fun to make. Love your vibrant color. The matinee jacket is elegant!

Anne said...

SO cute. I love the matinee jacket. Heck, I'd wear it myself if it were a bit bigger. :)

Miri said...

i LOVE the colours on the baby surprise jacket! perfect!